Fox announces 2011-12 primetime schedule
Fox announced its 2011-12 primetime schedule today, which includes “The X Factor” and “Terra Nova” making fall debuts.
Singing competition “The X Factor” marks the return of Simon Cowell to Fox. Cowell will join Antonio “L.A”. Reid, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul as judges of a competition whose winner will receive a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.
“Terra Nova,” executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, René Echevarria and Brannon Braga, stars Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang, and follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary trip back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of an experiment to save the human race, according to a news release.
Also premiering this fall are half-hour comedies “New Girl (working title)” and “I Hate My Teenage Daughter (working title).”
Zooey Deschanel stars in “New Girl” as Jess, an offbeat girl who moves in with three single guys after she has a bad breakup.
Jaime Pressly and Kate Finneran star in “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” as single mothers/lifelong friends (and former nerds) who are afraid their privileged and overly indulged daughters are turning out to be like the girls who picked on them in high school.
“Allen Gregory” is a new animated comedy joining the Animation Domination Sunday schedule this fall. This show is created by, and features the voice of, Jonah Hill and centers on the story of Allen Gregory, a pretentious 7-year-old leaving the safety of homeschooling to attend elementary school.
“Alcatraz” and “The Finder” are two new dramas set to premiere in mideason.
“Alcatraz,” from executive producer J.J. Abrams and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff, stars Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia and Sam Neill, and centers on America’s infamous prison and the mysterious return of its most notorious criminals.
“The Finder,” created by Hart Hanson, is a new procedural drama that features Geoff Stults as an Iraq war vet with an extraordinary ability to help people find the unfindable.
Also premiering midseason is “Napoleon Dynamite,” an animated comedy based on the movie that presents the voices of the film’s original cast in the continuing adventures of Napoleon Dynamite and his family and friends in rural Idaho.
A new show scheduled to go into pilot production in June is “Touch,” which stars Kiefer Sutherland as a single father and focuses on his relationship with his 11-year-old son with special needs. The father-and-son’s relationship, as well as their lives, take an extraordinary turn when the gifted son starts to make connections in his life and around the world.
Returning Fox series include “American Dad,” “American Idol,” “America’s Most Wanted (quarterly specials),” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Bones,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Cops,” “Family Guy,” “Fringe,” “Glee,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “House,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Masterchef,” “Mobbed (specials),” “Raising Hope,” “The Simpsons” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
2011 primetime schedules, provided by Fox, are as follows:
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